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Blake Griffin on Derrick Rose’s clutch play vs. Pacers: ‘He was the MVP for a reason’

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Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose was the catalyst in Friday night’s win over the Indiana Pacers at home, something Pistons All-Star power forward Blake Griffin isn’t surprised by.

Rose not only scored a few clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, but he made a great pass to Griffin after collapsing the paint with the game tied at 101, which led to Griffin hitting a wide-open 3 at the top of the key to give the Pistons a three-point lead.

The Pistons wound up defeating Indiana by a final score of 108-101.

“He was the MVP for a reason,” Griffin said. “He’s very poised with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t get rattled, doesn’t get sped up really. That was really, really good execution.”

The Pistons are now 9-14 on the season. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but appear to be turning a corner.

Rose’s scoring has gone down since Griffin came back to the lineup, but that was to be expected. The former MVP is averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 assists on the season while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Griffin, meanwhile, is starting to look like himself again. The All-Star is putting up 19.4 points and 5.0 rebounds and shooting 41.5 percent overall and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line.